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RoSPA backs campaign to save young lives

A college campaign aimed at ensuring young people get home safe after a night out is being backed by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA).

The safety charity is supporting the Got Ya Back initiative which was launched by students from the City of Bath College following a number of deaths involving young people.  

It has been set up to encourage teenagers to stay safe during nights out by carrying ICE (in case of emergency) cards and the BTEC Level 3 IT students will also be speaking with taxi operators and pub and club owners in a bid to get young people home safely.  

Nathan Davies, RoSPA’s water and leisure team leader, said: “We fully support this campaign. It is very important to encourage young people to think about their personal safety, and it is heartening to see that the students are working together with the community to promote safe behaviours, particularly when making their way home late at night or in the early hours of the morning.  

“RoSPA’s aim is to save lives and reduce injuries and we believe that this campaign will help save young peoples’ lives by raising awareness of safety.

The fact that this message is coming from their peers means that the students are more likely to listen and in turn it will have more of an impact.”  

As part of the campaign, which is also a partnership between City of Bath College, Bath and North East Somerset Council, Avon & Somerset Constabulary, Avon Fire & Rescue Service, Bath Spa University and the University of Bath, tutorials will be given to students at City of Bath College.  

Both universities will also include campaign literature in their student fresher packs from September.   Bath College student Samuel Maggs, who is joint campaign manager, said: "We want to make sure young people are safe, we are working together to look after young people.  

"The Got Ya Back message is simple; it's about personal safety. We are reaching out to students in a non-patronising way.  

"We are not preaching to anyone, we are simply informing people of the dangers and we believe it will have more impact coming from us than from parents."      

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